Avant sa visite de travail qui aura lieu le jeudi 15 février 2018 à Moscou, le roi Abdullah II de Jordanie a accordé une interview pour la presse russe :
Voici le lien complet vers l'interview en anglais posté par la cour royal Hashémites : https://rhc.jo/en/media/news/his-majesty-king-abdullah-ii's-interview-mikhail-gusman-tass-news-agencyrussia-24
Voici quelques parties de l'interview où le roi parle de son fils le prince héritier Hussein de Jordanie :
Mikhail Gusman : Your Majesty, here in this hall, we see the portrait of your great father, King Hussein. I understand that your father had been preparing you for the Throne and gave you great advice that became a lifetime lesson for you. What is the legacy of your father that you are going to transfer to your son, Crown Prince Hussein, and what are you going to transfer to him from your personal experience, Your Majesty ?
King Abdullah II : Well, I think my father, I have to give him a lot more credit than I thought I did, because I was not—I had no knowledge that I would find myself in this position. So, I think he made life to me, to an extent, difficult. You know, I started as a young officer in the British army, and then the Jordanian army at the age of about 18. And I had my ups and downs through my military career; he never stepped in to help me. I think he wanted me to learn the hard way. And I remember in the last six months of his life, he said, you know, 'I feel bad, that as a father, I should've stepped in', and I said, well, you know, it was a very emotional moment, but I remember saying to him that, you know, 'there were a couple of times where maybe I was as a son a bit frustrated that my father wasn't there, but now, being together, these are lessons that I learnt, and if you had stepped in, I don't think I'd be the man that I am today'.
So with my son, it's the same thing. It's dedication to service, you know, he's just graduated from Georgetown University; he graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy which both I did and my father did. That brings you the discipline, the desire to work with people and to move forward. And my son, I'm very happy to see, is very enamoured with the support of youth, youth [activism] and their future in society. He spoke in the United Nations Security Council; he spoke on my behalf at the UN General Assembly, so he's got the passion to reach out to the youth. And, again, the youth, at least in our part of the world—70 per cent of the country are youth—so they are the future, and they understand where they want to go far better than we do. So, you know, it's having that father-son bond that, you know, we support each other, and I know in his heart what he wants for the Jordanian people, and that makes me feel very, very good and at ease.
Mikhail Gusman : Your Majesty, after my first meeting with you, I have been honoured to receive the annual family greeting card. This year's card includes pictures of you, your father, and your son the Crown Prince in uniform. I think this is symbolic. Should we expect the Crown Prince to be accompanying you to Moscow, or when can we await a visit by him to Russia?
King Abdullah II : Well, again, I mean, the significance of the pictures is significant to our family, because it is generations of my family that serve for their country, not behind their desk, but out, shoulder-to-shoulder with the people. My son has been with me to Russia several times, and has thoroughly enjoyed his visits there. I'm hoping... he's doing some work outside the country at the moment, but I know that we are planning for him to come and spend some time in Russia, so that he gets to understand and know the Russian people, and have an affinity for them, like I have, so I don't know when the next opportunity is for him to come with me. I have a feeling he'll probably come by himself to work with Russian institutions to get a better understanding of your country and your people. And that's something that, I think, we're both looking forward to enjoying.